Haniwa Figure of a Female
Source: www.clevelandart.org Japanese Art
Bust or sculpture c. 500s from the Kofun period Japan
Kind of artwork: Earthenware with pigment traces
Overall: 58.4 x 30.5 cm (23 x 12 in.)
James Parmelee Fund by exchange 1962.39
Figures in various dressings, including military and ceremonial garb, start appearing on Japanese earthen mounded tombs called old mounds (kofun) from the AD 400s to 500s. This piece pictures a woman wearing jewels. According to some archaeologist, this Japanese artwork might have had a ritual function. It might depict a shaman.